Typhoon Lando slightly gains strength, nears landfall in Philippines' Aurora

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Typhoon Lando slightly gained strength midday Saturday as it nears landfall in Aurora.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the typhoon will make landfall in Aurora on Sunday morning.

Lando will be semi-stationary once it hits land. It will weaken but will remain in typhoon intensity.

The typhoon packed maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour near the centre and gusts of up to 190kph.

Lando was last tracked 295 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora and crawled at 10 kph westward.

Public storm Signal No. 3 was raised over Aurora, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Ifugao and Northern Quezon including Polillo Islands.

Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands, Benguet, Mt. Province, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes were placed under Signal No. 2.

Areas placed under Signal No. 1 are Batanes, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Albay, Camarines Sur and Metro Manila.